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  • 2021

    Women's Small Business Month 2021

    The month of October is Women's Small Business Month. This month is a time to recognize and support small businesses that are owned and operated by women that contribute to our communities. The Small Business Administration (SBA) connects business owners with others to plan, start, or grow their business. Learn more about the resources and opportunities offered by the SBA.

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will celebrate Women's Small Business Month throughout October 2021. DCEO through its Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) will present virtual events featuring business resources and covering important topics, spotlight women-owned businesses across the state, and showcase our commitment to growing and investing in women-owned businesses.


    Resources for HER: How Illinois Supports Women Small Business Owners

    Wednesday | October 13 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | webinar

    Please join the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), Groupon, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Small Business Majority, and the Women's Business Development Center for Women's Webinar Wednesday to learn about no-cost resources to help your business, such as one-on-one advising, Venturize resource hub, access to capital and lending programs, certifications, and additional resources.

    Owning Their Future: Women Business Leaders Pave the Way Forward

    Tuesday | October 26 |11:00 AM-12:00 PM | webinar

    Please join the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity as they present "Owning Their Future: Women Business Leaders Pave the Way Forward". We know women business owners and entrepreneurs have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic, which is layered on top of existing barriers to entry and growth. Hear from women business leaders who have broken the glass ceiling and want to help you get your business to the next level. 

    Making It: Women Manufacturers Find Success

    Wednesday |October 27 | 10:00-11:00 AM | webinar

    OMEE & Illinois SBDC presents Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME), an informative workshop experience where subject matter experts in the field of business share information with Illinois entrepreneurs to help them be successful. Listen to this dynamic panel of women manufacturers as they share best practices on breaking barriers and finding success in a male-dominated industry.

    Additional Resources

    Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer a variety of services, training, and information to help businesses start up and grow. Find an SBDC near you to learn more. 

    Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help small businesses expand into work with government contracting. For more information, find a PTAC near you

    Illinois workNet knows that running your own business takes time, dedication, and a lot of hard work. Every day small business owners are helping create more jobs, growing a business, and cultivating innovation; and that is why we do our best to offer as many great resources as we can to help make your job just a little bit easier. Our resources can be used by new business owners, those interested in starting their own business or growing their businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals working with small businesses, and more. Illinois workNet's Starting a Business Guide includes articles and resources you can use to start your own business or help your business grow. Included in this guide is information about:

    • Benefits of Starting a Business
    • What to Know Before Starting a Business
    • What to do Before You Start a Business
    • Running Your Business
    • Virtual Job Fairs
    • Finding Employee Based Training
    • Entrepreneurial Programs
    • Building an Online Presence
    • Growing Your Business and much more

    Read our article for Women's History Month that shows examples of influential women in different industries. 

    Be sure to follow our event calendar for upcoming events and social media pages to learn more about career fields women are emerging in: 


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